Wednesday, June 13, 2012

YOUR Music Obsessions

>> The Music Obsession turns four this month!  It's incredible to think about how I started this little site four years ago.  One thing I've always wanted to do was get more of the readers involved.  So, I want you guys to help me celebrate this anniversary by sharing YOUR music obsessions.

>> Tell me about your first favorite band, the songs you can't get out of your head now, or both! Email your music obsessions to & I'll feature your responses on the site.
I'll be accepting responses all month, so there's plenty of time to submit your music obsessions.

>> Here's to a great four years, and many more in the future :)

Your Music Obsessions:

"Basically, The Strokes rock and Julian is a eternal babe." - Hayley Puzo
> Read Hayley's full response here.

"Music has meant so much to me since I fell in love with it when I heard that first Avril Lavigne song. My tastes have expanded and changed, but my obsession will continue on forever. Music has given me an outlet, friends, and hope; and that's more than I ever could've asked for." - Erin J.
> Read Erin's full response here

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Hostage Calm Announce Details on Upcoming Album

>> Hostage Calm has entered the studio to record their upcoming full-length with Producer J. Robbins.  The album, Please Remain Calm, will be released this fall through Run For Cover Records.

>> The band posted the following statement about the new album:

"I was waiting on a train that was never going to leave.  5 am in Baltimore Penn.

The sullen train car sank into the tracks. Wrinkled newspapers finally gave in to the sleeping passengers’ laps. The seats creaked as the anxious teens and twenty-somethings wrestled with what was to come. The rumor was the track went out of service.

Everyone was tired of “the economy.” No one knew who won the wars. Or how they were ever supposed to be won. Whoever still had the energy was arguing over whether America was stagnating or in decline. 

My Mom had lost her job and gone without work for a year; she was losing the house. Three other houses on my street were left abandoned. I had graduated school and was scraping by on odd jobs. It seemed like myself and everyone I knew were going through this monumental standstill, this endless waiting.

I got to thinking that there’s a song across every corner of this wounded place that maybe everybody knew, but no one’s singing.  And it was then at 5am in Baltimore Penn that punk music needed to tell the story of the great recession. Not the politics, not the sloganeering, but how it feels to be young in the American decline.

Hostage Calm - Please Remain Calm
Produced by J. Robbins
Run For Cover Records
Fall 2012

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UK Tour Dates: Bowling For Soup + Patent Pending

>> Bowling For Soup are heading overseas this fall.  The band will be touring the UK in October along with Patent Pending and The Dollyrots.  The dates for this European tour can be seen below.

Tour Dates

>> Be sure to check out the Have A Crappy Summer compilation from Crappy Records.  It features songs from all three bands on this UK tour, as well as music from MC Lars, Madina Lake, and more.  Click here to see the full track listing and more information on the comp.

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